Bake Sale Update

Good morning! It’s been one week since my second annual bake sale for books went live, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Last year's bake sale far exceeded my expectations, and I'm thrilled to be doing it again. I've made a few changes this year as a result of the things I learned last year, so I conducted the following Q&A with myself to help bring you all up to speed. Of course, if you have a question I haven't answered here, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to answer it!

Q: What is this bake sale thing all about?

A: I’m so glad you asked! The idea came about when I was creating the first version of my bucket list, and considering what kinds of things I want to do in my lifetime. Since I love baking and helping out schools, I set a goal to one day raise $1000 in a school bake sale. Thanks to the generosity of my family, friends, and a bunch of strangers, I crossed that bad boy off the bucket list last year. 

Q: What school are you helping with this bake sale?

A: Because it’s in my neighborhood (and I believe every American taxpayer has a responsibility to support his/her neighborhood schools) and I worked there as a teacher for one year, I’ll be giving some of the money I raise from the bake sale to students from Morey Middle School.

Q: Wow! You’re going to give money to middle school kids? Are they going to spend it all on Hot Cheetos and Takis?

A: No, silly! I won’t be giving actual money directly to the kids. I’ll be working with Denver’s best bookstore, Tattered Cover, to purchase gift cards for books. I'm also working with the English teachers at Morey to identify kids who love reading and deserve a reward for their hard work this year. I will take the group of kids to lunch at The Kitchen, then to Tattered Cover, where I'll give them each a gift card and let them choose for themselves which books they’ll buy.

Q: Cool! But wait. You said you'll be giving some of the money to students from Morey. What are you doing with the rest of the money, buying new shoes?

A: Tempting, but no. The first $500 raised will go to gift cards for the Morey kids. Any money raised beyond that will be spent on books for patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of Colorado Hospital. Now that there are new babies in my family, I've decided that spreading the love to the littlest readers matters to me too.

Q: But babies can't read. Why would NICU patients need books?

A: Because according to the research, there are all sorts of benefits to reading to babies in the NICU. Check this out.

Q: Why did you choose the CU Hospital NICU? 

A: My cousin Kelsey is a nurse there, and also the person who tipped me off to the research. She told me they have a small library in the NICU that is often in need of replacement books, and I'd love to help replenish it. Also, depending on how well the bake sale does, Kelsey has agreed to help me give some books directly to families of newborns that don't already have baby libraries started at home. Kelsey's cool, huh? 

Q: Okay, so I just have to buy a cake or something?

A: You could buy a cheesecake. You could buy some cookies. You could buy my cranberry orange buttermilk scones.

Q: But all of those items are only available for delivery/pick-up in and around Denver. What if I live in Philly?

A: You can buy a dozen pink lemonade cupcakes baked by Christine!

Q: Okay, but what if I live in Texas or Minnesota or Florida?

A: I would love to see bakers from all over the country add their items to the store for you to purchase, and I will post items as they're offered through the end of the sale. Keep checking back! 

Q: I’m doing Paleo. Can I just make a donation?

A: Of course! If you have $10$20$50 to spend helping kids get new books, I would love your help. Check out the bake sale for all the options.

Q: What if I want to bake something to be added to the store?

A: You totally can! And this is one of my favorite parts; if no one pays for it, you won’t have to bake it! No need to worry about spending hours in the kitchen only to see all your hard work earn $1.30 in dimes. Email me at jennyloydstockton (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll send you all the details.

Q: How long will the bake sale last?

A: Now through May 23rd. But those chocolate chip cookies won’t last long. Go get ‘em! 

Discuss

Hey hey! Happy Good Friday. I hope it's been a good week. The bake sale is already off to a rockin' start thanks to your generosity, so thank you. My cranberry orange buttermilk scones are still available, so go get 'em if you want 'em! We're planning on hitting up the Easter sunrise service on Sunday, so I can cross that one off my Denver Bucket List. And obviously I'll be eating all the red jelly beans I can get my hands on. I hope you have a great weekend too. Here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy!

I want to live in this little spot.

This is fascinating.

"Why am I cryin' on Oprah?" Sweet Pharrell and his hat. 

This makes Israel seem fun.

I'm hoping to watch this sometime over the weekend.

Maybe a bit sacrilegious, but I thought this was hilarious.

2nd Annual Bake Sale For Books

Remember last year when I decided to tackle my bucket list goal of raising $1000 in a school bake sale? Well, I've decided to do it again. It was so much fun last year (as a result of YOUR generosity), and I learned a few things about how to make it run a bit more smoothly, so here we are.

Both Tattered Cover and The Kitchen have agreed to host us again, so now the bake sale is on.

Since I already crossed raising $1000 in a school bake sale off my bucket list, I'm planning to do things a little bit differently this year. The first $500 raised will go toward gift certificates for a group of Morey Middle School students, just like last year. Any money raised beyond $500 will be used to purchase collections of books for babies, to be delivered to a local hospital as gifts for low-income families with newborns. More to come on that front as I work out the details.

So go check out the bake sale! My mile high chocolate pie is in there, along with a handful of other delicious items. If you'd like to offer an item to be added to the sale, let me know!

Happy Monday, folks. Let's do some good.

Discuss

Happy Friday! Can you believe two weeks of April are already gone? Crazy. I had a bit of a meltdown this week as a result of trying to do everything and see everyone before we move, and I had to put some boundaries in place to protect both my physical and mental health. Turns out three hours of sleep a night is not a good look for me. In other news, I'm gearing up to run the second annual bake sale for books. It'll go live next week, so keep an eye out and let me know if you'd like to contribute some baked goods. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite things from The Internet lately - just for you. Enjoy! 

This is such good news for Denver.

Oh dear.

"...it requires the much more radical act of teaching them to question all they have been told about what it means to be a man, and then helping them figure out how to become a good one." Well done, Canadians.  

Happy Outkast Day. 

"If I am not stubborn, life moves forward." Shout out to my friend Jaya for sharing this incredible story.

NANO-TECHNOLOGY.

"Well, birds eat a lot." Neil deGrasse Tyson, talking science and being hilarious.